A New Spin on Where the Customers Are

IMG_20130803_095637_367Bike Month is nearly over. How could you have missed it, you ask?

Backpedal to 1956, the League of American Bicyclists established National Bike Month as a coast-to-coast celebration of cycling’s many benefits. Now, shift gears to last month and check out this CNN Money headline: “For entrepreneurs, cycling is the new golf.”

Cycling certainly has sprinted from lowly mode of transportation to eco-fashion and health statement in nearly half a century. Could loads of entrepreneurs be poised to take on cycling as a retail venture? I mean there’s really nothing close to a national specialty bike chain as there is with golf (think Golfsmith). Continue reading →

SEE & Be SEEN San Francisco-Style at CitySCENE!

waterbarWe’re baaack! This a networking event you don’t want to miss—design:retail’s CitySCENE networking event is returning to San Francisco this month to bring you a taste of cocktails and conversation with like-minded peers in the retail design industry!

Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place at the infamous Waterbar restaurant located at 399 The Embarcadero South, which is a trendy spot known for its panoramic views of the Bay and San Francisco skyline. The event is free and open to interns and junior designers on up, as design:retail wants to bring together all levels of industry experience. Continue reading →

Retail Jokers

Self-Destruct-Button.jpgRetail jokers are at it again. This time, it was a new e-commerce retail idea that snatches a page from the Snapchat playbook: an online pop-up store that self-destructs exactly 14 days after launching. Even the press release, which came out April 1, was set to self-destruct on April 2. Sound zany enough for you? That’s because it was an April Fool’s prank!

The jokers at Bigcommerce announced their fake concept: “Popcommerce, the new platform offers the same beauty and brains that every Bigcommerce store has, and can be set up in minutes.” The release continued, “Each online pop-up store powered by Bigcommerce will self destruct exactly 14 days after launching. Continue reading →

Pot Retailing and All That ZaZZZ

BlNtJnbCcAAa1fLGet ready to deal with it. This post is about marijuana retailing in Colorado.

The Centennial state welcomed its first marijuana vending machine last week, although it’s not actually operational…yet. Made by American Green, this vending machine has been dubbed “ZaZZZ. ” Resembling a standard vending machine with rows of product, ZaZZZ is currently on display at Montana’s Smokehouse restaurant in Avon, Colo. Insiders say it will be stocked with pot-infused edibles, such as brownies from Colorado-based Herbal Elements, a medical marijuana purveyor. American Green plans to place the machine in a medical marijuana dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo., a residential community of about 1,400 homes. Continue reading →

One Giant Step for Mankind

PARLUX LTD. KENNETH COLE MANKIND FRAGRANCEThe corporate culture at Kenneth Cole Productions, the New York-based footwear and apparel brand, is known for its heart and “sole.” Since designer Kenneth Cole made waves back in the ‘80s for sincere, yet clever campaigns—particularly for AIDS research and awareness—the company continues its tongue-in-cheek brand voice. Recently, its website featured this season’s must have: “Spring is here … make the vest of it.”

Now, Cole is on the forefront yet again with its new Google Glass app that set tongues wagging and eyes widening for “Mankind.” It’s a fitting match up for the wearable technology, according to industry watchers, and Cole’s targeted demo. Continue reading →